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Purdue Program Analyzes Designs for Violations

Assistant professor Jiansong Zhang received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2015 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a faculty member at Purdue University since August 2017, after working in the Civil and Construction Engineering Department at Western Michigan University.

Assistant professor in the school of Construction Management Technology at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind., Jiansong Zhang is working on a computer program that analyzes building design renderings and in turn highlights any building code violations for that specific area of the country.

In an article found on the Purdue website where Zhang is quoted, he states, "As a construction researcher, I acknowledge our industry has lagged behind other industries such as manufacturing and agriculture in adopting and developing technologies. In recent years, we've been really trying to catch up. We've developed new technology in our domain to help with productivity, safety, quality and cost of the products."

Zhang's work was highlighted by Purdue's "Ideas Festival," which is a yearlong celebration of the university's 150th anniversary that aims to "showcase Purdue as an intellectual center solving real-world issues."

The aforementioned article also makes reference to the other research developments that are occurring at the school of Construction Management Technology, including advancements to brick-laying robots as well as robots that can lay rebar for concrete structures.

No word is given on when these technologies will be available to the public. Zhang was unable to be reached for an interview. To find out more about this topic, visit the original article HERE.

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